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Created in 1861.
Named for Captain Edward Fariss Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake Indian War.
It is the smallest county because it had the most people when it was created in 1861.
Virginia City- county seat.
Today, Storey County is noted for its legal prostitution.


Virginia City
Largest and most important city in the State (1876).
It's located in Storey County among rocky ledges and ravines on the eastern slope of Mount Davidson, 15 miles north-northeast of Carson City.
The principal streets are level, having been in many places graded through hard rock. In the business section are many solid blocks of stone, five stories high.
The suburbs contain many beautiful and costly private residences. It contains 4 churches and schools along with several newspaper offices.
It is lighted with gas and is supplied with pure spring water which is distributed through iron pipes.
The city owns its prosperity and growth to the silver mines with which it is surrounded. The famous Comstock lode was discovered here in June 1859.
The mines are the richest in the State and are said to have yielded in 1864 $10,425,350. worth of Silver.
During the great excitement which followed the discover of silver, Virginia City was the headquarters of all the adventures who flocked to the mines.
At one time the population was from 15,000 to 20,000. Since then it has settled down to a better and more prosperous life.
In 1870 the population was 7008.

Abstracted by: Candi Horton ©2006, Genealogy Trails.
From source: McCabe, James Dabney, A comprehensive view of our country and its resources, Philadelphia,, Springfield, Mass.:Hubbard brothers, 1876

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